Simon And The Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale For Easter
Written by Mary Joslin and Illustrated by Anna Luraschi
This story portrays Simon, the man who in the Bible is recorded to have helped Jesus carry His cross, as a farmer making his way to the market to sell wine, bread, and eggs. As Simon gets close to town, he sees a crowd of people calling out “Crucify him!” Then the officer (or Centurion) sees Simon and tells him to carry a man’s cross.
While the story is beautifully illustrated, it is a weak Easter story. Sure, it mentions God. But it fails to mention who was on the cross and why he was there. In fact, the man sentenced to die said only that his crime was “preaching a message of peace.” I found the book to be too politically correct, rather than a children’s book on the real story of Easter.
I give the illustrations 5 stars. But the text of the book only 2 stars.
I received this book free from Kregal for the purpose of this review.